The Task The Team The Need

Wycliffe Hungary News - December 2005

A Prayer Present
Prayer launched the work of Bible translation. Prayer continues to move it forward.


 
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As we celebrate Christmas, millions around the world do not know the Saviour personally, not because they don’t choose to but because they’ve never been introduced to Him.

In Wycliffe we believe in the power of prayer. It is an integral part of our ministry and something we cannot do without. It is fundamental to everything and we cannot operate without prayer. We would like to invite you once again this Christmas to give a gift that will mean a lifetime of difference in the lives of many around the world both those who are serving and the ones they seek to serve. It will cost you nothing except time.

Take time out from the busyness and commercialism of Christmas and pray for the 6000 members of Wycliffe and also for the people they are serving in the forgotten language communities around the world. We would like to recommend the following 7-day prayer guide as an aid to effective intercession on their behalf.


“Keep on praying.
No matter what happens,
always be thankful,
for this is God's will for you
who belong to Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NLT)


DAY 1: Pray for open doors to the gospel

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message...” (Colossians 4:2-3 NIV)

Open doors can't be taken for granted. Many missionaries work in restricted access countries, or areas which are resistant to the Gospel. And even where there are open doors, hearts may still not be open.

  • Pray that God will lead missionaries through the barriers to find hearts prepared to receive His Word.

DAY 2: Pray for boldness in witnessing

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19 NIV)

Why should we pray that missionaries will have boldness? They need it to:

  • minister effectively in other cultures and languages;
  • overcome the opposition of evil forces; and
  • overcome the fear of embarrassment and fear of failure.

DAY 3: Pray that the Word of God will spread without hindrance

“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honoured wherever it goes...” (2 Thessalonians 3:1 NLT)

Obstacles must be removed if the Word of God is to flow freely. Satan, who is determined to obstruct it, must be resisted (James 4:7). Just as Aaron and Hur supported Moses' arms in the battle against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:12), you can support the weary arms of missionaries through your prayers. Remember that the struggle is against spiritual forces which can attack in any area (Ephesians 6:10­18).

DAY 4: Pray for protection

“Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2 NLT)

  • Pray that God will keep the Christian workers safe from those who might seek to harm them.
  • Pray that God will change the hearts of those who are resistant to His Word and those who share the gospel.

DAY 5: Pray that their ministry will be accepted by believers

“Pray... that my service in Jerusalem will be acceptable to the saints there.” (Romans 15:31 NIV)

Co-operation and partnership are essential to ministry and vital to the progress of the work. Pray that the missionary's ministry and attitudes will be worthy of acceptance and that fellow colleagues and believers will be supportive.

DAY 6: Pray for God's guidance and assistance in travel

“Pray... so that by God's will I may come to you with joy.” (Romans 15:32 NIV)

Many missionaries travel frequently and the mode of transportation varies. Travelling often involves stressful situations. Pray for the protection, provision, timing and permission needed by missionaries as they travel.

DAY 7: Pray for refreshment

“Pray that... I together with you may be refreshed.” (Romans 15:32 NIV)

Pray:

  • that missionaries will seek and receive refreshment from the Holy Spirit;
  • that they will be disciplined in and rewarded through the study of God's Word and through faithful prayer; and
  • that they will experience rich, spiritual fellowship with other believers.

This article was originally published on Wycliffe’s American website.

 

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